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London design's turn to shine

London design's turn to shine

Next stop in our 5-part, global design series… London Town! Here are some notable places to stay, chill and dine.

London Design Festival 13–21 September

Drawing the who’s who of international design, the London Design Festival is one of the most anticipated fixtures on the design calendar. This year there are more than 300 events planned and one of the highlights creating a buzz is a collaboration between four renowned designers and Air BNB, entitled ‘a place called home’. The exhibit will take place on Trafalgar Square and will see Jasper Morrison, patternity, raw edges and studioilse create a representation of what they consider to be home. While you’re there…


The Corinthia Hotel London, opened in 2011, has to be one of the most opulent yet tastefully designed five-star hotels we’ve seen in a long time. Situated right in the hub of the English capital, just metres from the Thames and a short walk from both Westminster and Trafalgar Square, it includes a decadent day spa and two fine restaurants. You’ll find that honing your celeb-spotting skills here is easy – that’s if you can get over gawking at the Baccarat crystal chandelier.


This grand Victorian building, dating from 1885, has been given new life with fine embellishments


The newly launched Ham Yard Hotel, a recent addition to Design Hotels, is so much more than just another design-led establishment. Essentially an urban village within trendy Soho, the hub includes 13 boutiques situated around an open square, a restaurant, the 91-roomed hotel, a theatre and bowling alley. If you have some cash to drop, there’s also a residential offering of 24 apartments.


Part of the Ham Yard Hotel, The Croc is a spectacular private events space which houses an original 1950’s bowling alley, stylish lounge, bar and dance floor.


Situated on Regent’s Canal in north London, the multifunctional Proud Archivist is a space geared towards good food, drink, entertainment and inspiration. Designed by Studio Tilt, the brief was for the design to allow for a multitude of gatherings, such as events, exhibitions, eating and just simply hanging out – a current London design trend. This has been cleverly executed with lighting, various heights and volumes of space and different material applications.


The Proud Archivist is a combined gallery, bar, restaurant, cafe and events space

Our design train is off to Helsinki next. Mind the gap when disembarking…

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Words: Genevieve Putter Photographs: Lar Leslie © Business Day Wanted, Cristobal Palma, iStock, supplied

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